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Tradicional Cubano is a combination of Flute, Double Bass, Guitar & Percussion, which brings together the most vibrant and iconic musical sounds from vintage Cuba. Inspired in the music from the 1920's and 30's, the group is perfect for small functions, charming and beautiful weddings, outreach projects in schools and hospitals, recitals or just what you need as relaxing background music for latin inspired evenings at clubs or bars!!

Jose’s Father, Javier Zalba (Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra, Irakere, Cubanismo) has also written specially for the band and performs with them regularly on their UK tours. They have performed in a wide range of venues across the UK including The Pumphouse, Aldeburgh Suffolk, The National Theatre, The Forge, The Cuban Moorgate, The Savoy, The Langham, St James’s Church Piccadilly, St Peter’s Notting Hill, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and The Duke of Cumberland in Whitstable, to name but a few! Jose and Tradicional Cubano are much in demand and as well as their performing, they also currently run highly successful educational music projects at colleges such as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Oxford Flute Summer School, Philippa Davies International Flute Summer School and The Scottish International Flute Summer School.

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Cuban
  • Afro latin
  • World music
  • Latin music
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We play these instruments:

  • Double bass
  • Guitar
  • Flute
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
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We are happy to perform at these events:

  • Bar / Bat Mitzvah
  • Private Party
  • Wedding
  • Corporate Event
  • Engagement Party
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We are based in London, United Kingdom.


Willing to travel nationwide.

Travel may increase the final quote.


  • Price from £ 590
    Tradicional Cubano

    • Travel
    • PA
    • Public Liability Insurance (PLI)

    Additional Info:

    We would bring all our own gear. We also offer as part of our service an ipod speaker and play list for filling gaps between live music and after the event if clients request this.

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1 Set List

Traditional tunes from 1920s to 40’s

3 Tracks


2 Reviews

Booked Tradicional Cubano for a Birthday Party
5.0   Verified review

Jose and his band were absolutely brilliant. They played at my 60th birthday for 70 guests and they were a critical part of the success of the event and of creating real joy for their audience. Jose was attentive and enthusiastic right from the moment of booking some months ahead. The band were flexible to all our needs, accommodated our occasional hijacking of the PA system, and liaised with the salsa dancers we had also booked to provide a seamless experience. Finally, and importantly, they are incredibly talented musicians and I feel very fortunate that they were part of one of the most special days of my life.

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5.0   Verified review

WOW! What can I say?! Tradicional Cubano were absolutely fantastic. Everyone at the event has been sending their compliments and we are just so thrilled how the group played. They truly enhanced our event! The group were punctual, professional and very enthusiastic. We loved them!! Highly recommended!

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